Agra is indeed an interesting place to explore and enjoy. While most people believe that Agra is just about Taj Mahal and a couple more of the Mughal's marble monuments, the truth is that Agra is quite a place with abundant activities to enjoy.
Here are some of the activities to enjoy while you are on a trip to this marble paradise.
1. Watch Taj Mahal at Sunset
Taj Mahal is a singular attraction that pulls in millions of tourists every year. The structure is famous for the awe-inspiring symmetric architectural beauty, the carvings and decorations, lush garden, and the interesting museum. The most attractive part of the structure is its overall look, which is more beautified as the monument turns into a shade of orange reflecting the setting sun. This is the most romantic time to visit Taj Mahal, next to visiting it during the full moon night.
2. Historic sightseeing
Apart from Taj Mahal, there are numerous other monuments in Agra like Agra Fort, Jahangir Mahal, Jama Masjid, Humayun's mosque, Itimad-ud-Daulah, and others. Visit these monuments and enjoy a complete sightseeing. There are numerous audio guides you can download to understand the monuments even better. Each monument is praised for the architectural beauty, history details, and more. Remember that these monuments are scattered around the city. Thus, plan to cover all monuments in one area, before you move on to another. If you want to explore Agra by luxury train than Palace on Wheels covers Agra on its itinerary. On 8 day, the train reaches Agra.
3. Picnic and Stroll in the Baghs
Bagh means garden, and you can find numerous Mughal gardens in the city. The best of all is the Mehtab Bagh, from where a panoramic view of Taj Mahal can be enjoyed. Apart from Mehtab Bagh, you can find similar charming Mughal or Persian gardens like Anguri Bagh, Dayal Bagh, and others. Choose evenings to visit these gardens for lazy strolling, picnic and photography.
4. Day Tour to Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is an abandoned Mughal capital city. The city holds numerous monuments, palaces, temples, and other structures of Mughals. Starting from the nine gates to this capital city to the mosques of the region, every standing structure is a beauty by itself. Avid travelers point out that the sunset is the right time if you are looking for beautiful photogenic time. This city is located around 40 km away from Agra. A road trip to Fatehpur Sikri and back to Agra would make a day out of it.
5. Try the Street Food of Agra
Agra is the land of Mughals and Mughals had a knack for cuisine. This culture still resonates in the city. You can find numerous high-end restaurants to enjoy signature dishes in Agra. However, the real taste of the city lies with the street vendors you can find along the market regions. Top items to try in Agra are kebabs, chaat items, chicken dishes, kachori, jelabi, and others. Visit the markets during evening to find many street food vendors. Agra's street food is not very spicy. However, if you believe that you cannot handle the heat of Indian dishes, make sure to ask for a milder version. Are your evenings busy? Do not worry, most of the street food stalls are open until 10 at night or even later.
6. A Boat Cruise through River Yamuna
There numerous ways to enjoy the sight of Taj Mahal and taking a boat trip along the River Yamuna is one of the outstanding ones. Choose sunset to enjoy this boat trip. You can find many service providers offering 30 minutes trip along this beautiful channel of water. Do not forget your camera, as Taj Mahal isn’t the only thing that would mesmerize you during this boat trip.
7. Shop for Souvenirs in the Street Markets
The most commonly known shopping area in Agra is the one closer to Taj Mahal. However, the land is riddled with streets for shopping. Top souvenirs to buy are silver articles, marble articles, ethnic dresses, Persian carpets, shawls, embroidery accessories, leather articles, decorative knives, and others. Top markets to wander around for souvenirs are Sadar Bazaar, Shah Market, Kinari Bazaar, Subhash Bazaar, TDI Mall, and others.
8. Enjoy Cultural Shows
One of the best ways to enjoy the cultural beauty of the land is by enjoying the performance arts. There are numerous types of cultural shows like dance, music, drama, dance drama, and others. Most of these shows reciprocate the culture of Agra during the Mughal times. If you like to enjoy the art forms of the land, catch a show. Most of the drama shows have English translation via headphones, and other technologies. One of the best cultural shows is Mohabbat – The Taj (dance drama), which features the world's largest exact-replica of Taj Mahal.
9. Museum Surfing
You will be familiar with the museum inside the Taj Mahal. However, it is not the only museum of the land. Other museums to explore in the city are Spiritual Museum and Taj City Municipal Museum. If you love to learn more about the history and culture of the land, visiting these museums would be a good option.
10. Pump your Adrenaline with Adventure Activities
Agra is not just sightseeing. You can find numerous seasonal adventure activities to enjoy. The most iconic adventure activity of all is the hot air ballooning, which is available during peak tourism season. Many service providers offer Agra city tour via cycling, bikes, and others. A little away from Agra, you can find birdwatching activities on River Chambal, and so on.
This is not an exclusive list. Apart from these, you can find nature walks, helicopter ride around Agra, Champagne brunch overlooking Taj Mahal, and many other activities in Agra. To enjoy as many activities as possible, it is recommended to visit Agra during the peak tourism season, AKA the winter, which starts from November and ends in March.